From Ezra's Blog[January 12th]:
The hearings were actually in response to two complaints. The first was filed by a radical imam in Calgary, Syed Soharwardy, a tin-pot fascist who has publicly called for Canada to be ruled by sharia law. Soharwardy boasts of his studies in Pakistani madrassahs and his religious lectures in Saudi universities, and he's bringing those Saudi and Pakistani values to Canada.
And a day earlier:
1. The hand-scrawled complaint filed against the magazine by a radical, Saudi-trained imam who has publicly called for sharia law to be imposed in Canada...
From yesterday's Calgary Sun:
The leader of the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre said he's considering legal action after disparaging comments were posted yesterday [January 11th] on a website run by Ezra Levant, founder of the now-defunct Western Standard magazine.
On the site, Levant refers to Syed Soharwardy as a "radical, Saudi-trained imam," a charge Soharwardy flatly denied.
"If he has proof ... show me about my training," said Sohawardy, founder of the group Muslims Against Terrorism. "Mr. Levant ... is spreading lies in the community."
And Ezra's response:
Asked for proof of his allegation the imam was religiously trained in Saudi Arabia, Levant conceded in an e-mail to the Sun Soharwardy lectured at a university there, but did not study.
And yet the false statement is still on the website. In fact, it would seem that one version of the false statement (top link) was made on the same day that Ezra conceded its falsehood to The Sun, or perhaps the day after. The false statement is also blazing its way across the blogosphere in the youtube version of Ezra's opening remarks to the AHRC.
What's up, Ezra? Too busy practising debating moves in the mirror to clean up your own inaccuracies?